2018 National Planning Conference

Poster: Port Master Plan: Casting a Vision

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. CDT

Activity ID: NPC187018

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  • Distinguish the unique features and challenges of long-range planning for a seaport
  • Identify current planning challenges facing seaports today (climate change adaptation, recreation, and public access)
  • Trace the geographic reach of seaport facilities through the local and global supply chains


Port master planning is a framework used by seaports to plan for land use decisions and development policy and to cast a vision for the future. A seaport's complex relationships with local communities, regulatory agencies, global stakeholders, and shifting industry models and technologies result in a dynamic environment for long-range planning. This poster will present the port master planning process and highlight current issues facing ports, including climate change adaptation, recreational uses, and public access. The ongoing Port of Long Beach Port Master Plan Update provides the context for this research and will be presented as a case study.

Session Speakers

John J. Kim, AICP
Port of Long Beach
Long Beach, CA